Back in November former Japanese Lightweight champion Shuhei Tsuchiya (23-5, 18) [土屋 修平] announced that he would be returning to the ring, ending a retirement that followed a 2017 bout against Shota Suito [水藤 翔太]. Sadly however his return bout was cancelled earlier today.
The plan had been for Tsuchiya to take on Chinese fighter Yangyang Li (8-1-2) as part of the January 12th Knock Out Dynamite Tournament final, the first Japanese show of 2020.
Sadly however Li has been unable to secure a visa in time for the bout, forcing it to be cancelled.
At the moment it's unclear what the plan is for Tsuchiya, who may fight in an exhibition on the card or may delay or even cancel his comeback all together.
Unfortunately this cancellation is the second on the card, which has also seen a bout between Yuki Yamauchi (4-0, 3) [山内祐希] and Ren Sasaki (10-0, 6) [佐々木蓮] being cancelled, as Yamauchi pulled out of the contest several weeks ago. It's also worth noting that a third bout on this card, Shohei Omori (20-3, 15) [大森 将平] facing off with Leshan Li (16-4-2, 9) [黎乐善], had to be changed when Li was stopped in late 2019, and has been replaced by Danny Tampipi (9-10-2, 5).
On October 7th we'll see former 2-time world title challenger Kohei Kono (33-10-1, 14) [河野 公平] battle with Hong Kong star Rex Tso (21-0, 13) [曹星如] for the WBO International Super Flyweight title. Today it was revealed that that wouldn't be the only title bout on the show, as two others were announced.
One of those will see Tso's sparring partner Takuya Watanabe (32-7-1, 17) [渡邉 卓也] take on China's Leshan Li (13-2-1, 8) [黎乐善] for the WBO Oriental Super Featherweight title. The bout looks a pretty interesting one, with Watanabe, a former WBO Asia Pacific champion, looking to build on his reputation as an under-the-radar threat, whilst Li looks to make a splash on the international stage in a massive step up in class.
The other will see OPBF female Super Bantamweight champion Ayumi Goto (7-0, 5) [後藤あゆみ] either defending her title, or fighting for the WBO Asia Pacific title, against against unbeaten Indian teenager Kirti (3-0, 2). This bout is less exciting than the other two, though sees Goto continue to look towards making her name in Hong Kong, in what will be her second bout there. For Kirti it will mark the first time she has fought outside of India.
It was also revealed that 8,000 tickets have been sold for the show, and the venue is expected to be totally packed out for what could be a FOTY contender.
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